Article written by Dr. Rozlyn Linder

This is the official blog of Dr. Roz Linder, an academic, K-12 Language Arts Specialist, former elementary school teacher, high school journalism teacher, and all-around rabble rouser. I am interested in how we equip students to compete in a global community that grows increasingly flatter every millisecond and the practical application of communication pedagogy and Common Core standards.Situated at the intersection of cultural, racial, social, and digital literacy, my blog is all about fostering and supporting the recognition that we don’t teach in your grandad’s America and being happy about that. Let's stop telling students what to think or believe, but prepare students to think critically and often.

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5 Responses

  1. Jenni
    Jenni December 15, 2012 at 6:46 am | | Reply

    This has me fired up. I just wish the people who evaluate teachers could see this. I did not even know anything about Mr. Dolch. Once I read this, I looked him up and even the most basic Wiki site tells you that his overall methods were discredited. Why are we so wrapped up in these words?

  2. Teaching First Rocks
    Teaching First Rocks December 15, 2012 at 7:33 am | | Reply

    I think that for many of us we don’t know how we should teach it. Test, drill, test, drill, test, drill… That’s what schools expect us to do.

  3. Carol Westbury
    Carol Westbury December 15, 2012 at 9:12 am | | Reply

    Teaching or assessing? We just keep drilling them, but the teaching is not there.

  4. Shirley
    Shirley January 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for this article. I am a K teacher new to a site that has K teachers insisting on teaching students the sight words in isolation and to add insult to injury the Dual Immersion teachers are expected to teach sight words in Spanish!!!! I am convinced that students learn to write by thinking and talking about what is important to them and the more authentic the writing is the better they learn to read and write!!! Since I am expected to teach these sight words in Spanish I try to associate each word with an idea or an expression to help create understanding of the word and how to use it….. Thank you again!!!!

  5. Bill Knotek
    Bill Knotek March 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm | | Reply

    So clear. This is my experience as well. Just what I was looking for. Do you use your own list of words that are more contemporary for children? Also, do you have something formal in research to back you up?

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